Joining the library

Membership of the library services is free.

Joining online

You can join online if you are over 16. After completing the online registration form, take your selfreg reference number and proof of address to your nearest Birmingham library to collect your membership card.

Begin online registration

Junior membership

You can join at any age - the younger the better! If you are under 16 you will need to ask your parent/guardian or someone over 18 in your family to sign to say it's OK for you to join. You can download the form and take it once completed to your local library. We will give you a free library card which you can use straightaway.

Joining in person

You can join at any public library in Birmingham. 

At the Library of Birmingham you can use our self-service information points, which are a quick and easy way to become a library member. 

You will usually be able to borrow books and music recordings straight away and your library card can be used at ALL Birmingham public libraries.

What you need to bring with you when you join

If you are 16 or over, you must provide one proof of name and address. If you are a student studying in Birmingham you will need to provide both proof of your home address and proof of your temporary address.

If you already have a library card then there's no need for you to rejoin. Your account may have expired and all you will need to do is present your existing card long with one of the proofs of identity listed below.

If you move or change any of your details then you need to let us know. Some details can be changed online. Change of address must be done at your local library as proof of your new address has to be shown.

Acceptable Proofs of Identity

Items marked * must be no more than two months old.

  • Driving Licence
  • Medical Card
  • Bank Statement*
  • Water Bill*
  • Rent Book
  • Council Tax Book
  • Tenancy Agreement
  • Gas Bill*
  • Electricity Bill*
  • Telephone Bill*
  • Credit Card Bill*
  • Charge Card Bill*
  • Other Official Letters*
  • TV Licence